Week 3 (2015)

The Division Three side had a home game in round 3, with the Deer Park lions travelling to the Peanut Farm.

Deer Park proved too strong for the new Sharks Divisions 3 side, walking away 75 points winners.

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Meanwhile the Sharks Division One side was looking to retain the Jo Cox Cup.

Joanne ‘Coxy’ Cox played with Surrey Park and East Burwood (now ‘Eastern Devils’), breaking the 50 game barrier and finished her playing days on 51 games. Her last game was against St. Kilda on 31 May 2009 after breaking her arm at Peanut Farm Reserve. Jo was a ‘fierce’ competitor, a vital contributor in the backline.

A true club person, Jo was a member of the Devils committee and was involved in the Devils first premiership in the Reserves in 2008. Jo decided that her football career would not end here and took on the challenge of Umpiring.

She began with being a boundary and goal umpire for VWFL, Youth Girls and the VAFA. She then moved to field umpiring.

Jo made a name for herself as an honest, smart and very fair umpire. In a major thrill for her, she was named as a member of the 2010 Umpiring Academy throughout the Youth Girls National Championships in Melbourne.

During her fight with Cancer, she showed great strength, courage and determination. Sadly, on 4 July 2011 Jo lost her battle with cancer.

Strong performances across the board helped the Sharks retain the cup. Big Rach was named the Sharks best, with Tully also performing strongly.

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The Premier Division side were looking for a win against the Devils, a team they’d beaten twice in 2014. But the new look Devils side was too strong for the Sharks, walking away 19 point winners.

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